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DROID Turbo vs. Nexus 6 Spec Shootout!

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday announced the DROID Turbo, a true powerhouse of an Android smartphone that will hit store shelves in just two days, ahead of the Nexus 6. It packs a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM and other high-end trimmings, which means there’s one other major Android smartphone on the block that we need to compare it to. Yep, the Nexus 6, also built by Motorola and set to launch in the coming weeks with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

You’ll find the two devices are similar, yet also very different. While they both pack some blistering hardware, the Nexus 6 is a pure Android device that sports a larger 6-inch display compared to the 5.2-inch screen on the DROID Turbo. Additionally, the DROID Turbo is made with some compelling materials, like ballistic nylon, while the Nexus 6 sports a plastic and aluminum build. The DROID Turbo’s camera also appears more powerful on paper, though we’ll need to actually compare the two cameras side-by-side before we make any final judgments.

Wondering how everything else stacks up? We were too, so we created two spec sheets to visualize the two phones side-by-side.

Nexus 6 Gallery

DROID Turbo Gallery

Motorola - DROID Turbo Motorola - Nexus 6
Display Size 5.2-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (565 ppi) 5.96-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (493 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1440
Resolution Y 2560 2560
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Operating System Android 4.4.4 (at launch) Android 5.0 (at launch)
Processor 2.7GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805
RAM 3GB 3GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 21MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 2MP 2MP
Networks
  • CDMA/EVDO Rev A: 850, 1900
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 800, 900, 1800, 1900
  • LTE Cat 4: Bands 2, 3, 4, 7, 13
  • UMTS/HSPA+: 850, 900, 1900, 2100
  • CA DL: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
  • CDMA: 800, 1900, secondary 800
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850,900,1800,1900
  • WCDMA: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8
  • LTE: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 29, 41
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 3900mAh 3220mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall Effect
  • Infrared
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • A-GPS
  • eCompass
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
Height 73.3 mm (2.89 inches) 159.3 mm (6.27 inches)
Width 143.5 mm (5.65 inches) 83 mm (3.27 inches)
Depth 11.2 mm (0.44 inches) 10.1 mm (0.40 inches)
Weight 176 g (6.21 oz) 184 g (6.49 oz)
Colors Black Blue, White
Supported Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, Enhanced AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, PCM/WAVE, FLAC, OGG/Vorbis N/A
Supported Video Formats H.263, H.264 AVC, H.265, MPEG-4 SP, VP8 N/A
In The Box N/A
  • Wall Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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